Turkey’s agenda is changing at an incredible speed. This change makes itself felt in every area of society. Social, legal and political changes happen in many fields; from economy to culture and internal politics, from environmental issues to external politics.

The media in particular plays a significant role in helping to understand the society of Turkey and to grasp the reflections of this change on various political and social areas. Therefore is a gap of profound analysis and information supporting readers inside and outside of Turkey in drawing their own conclusions. Understanding the transformation of Turkey requires more diverse analyses of a higher quality for the reader inside and outside of Turkey. Aiming to fill this gap, the Turkey Representation of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung (hbs) has decided to publish the quarterly, “Alternatif – Political Analysis and Commentary from Turkey”, in both Turkish and English.

Starting with the November issue, Perspectives which we have been publishing since 2012, has got a new name: Alternatif. This quarterly periodical strives to be a source of reference for civil society, decision makers, opinion leaders in- and outside of Turkey. Each magazine will present feature articles, articles on ecology, democratization, culture, international politics and news from hbs. Each issue also contains a short biography in an attempt to present the impact of the developments in Turkey from a human perspective.

We very much hope that Alternatif does not only provide political analysis and commentary on Turkey but also contributes to a fruitful and lively debate on issues of importance for a peaceful, democratic and sustainable future of Turkey. With round table discussions that we will organize on the topic of the feature articles, we would also like to discuss intensively with you.

On behalf of the “Alternatif”-Team of the
Turkey Representation of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung

Kristain Brakel

Previous issues of Alternatif and the preceding Perspectives